So, today is Meg’s 25’th Birthday!! I’m super happy that we have become such great friends and I’m also really excited about her posting here at Licking Lollipops. I met Meg when we were both in our undergraduate degrees at the Baptist Student Union. We were friends and knew each other pretty well but I didn’t become close friends until we both ended up in Kansas City and didn’t know anyone else. The first semester I was going to grad school here was a really lonely semester. But then Meg’s husband joined me at school and Meg and I got to become really good friends. So here is to you Meggie! Happy Birthday!!!
Meg’s husband is throwing her a birthday party tonight and I volunteered to bring desert! The first thing I made was a strawberry trifle I saw over at Sit, Relax and Read. One of Meg’s favorite cakes is Angle food so, I thought it would be perfect. It turned out so pretty.
The second desert I made was of course a cake. It was a four, layer white cake with strawberry jam between the layers. It was really pretty and awesome in my head. In reality…. not as much. It is so hot and humid here today that my icing just turn to liquid and melted everywhere, but at least it should taste good. You should have seen the cake before I put the strawberries on it…….
So my Dad built me a sewing/crafting center. My Dad is just that cool. I come from a long line of crafters, Before my parent’s generation, it was out of necessity. My grandparents were farmers, so making everything was a way of life for them. My mom raising us as crafters was an option, but an option I am thankful for everyday. Because of that choice I appreciate quality. I can survive on tight budget and make my home still homie and welcoming. Anyway, back to the subject at hand. My Dad made me a sewing desk/counter thing. I thought about just getting a table or something but I really wanted to incorporate my old sewing machine and the cabinet it lives in. Before I got my machine for Christmas I was using an original 1920’s Singer Machine that flips down in a cabinet. You can see the post I wrote about it here. It was my first post. Well the machine works well and I really love it. I love the history that it has. I wish it could talk and tell me about the things it has seen and done, the projects it has sewed and the places it has been. I would have just put it as a display piece but when you have a total of four rooms and that includes your bathroom and kitchen, you don’t have room for display pieces. So my Dad made a custom cabinet/desk thing. Here is a picture of it in the natural state that it came in:
I was originally going to paint it black to match the other furniture in the living room. But then I bought that green rug at Target for $13!!! I love the pop of color and I’m in love with the lime/candy apple green at the moment. So I thought my crafty area could use a great pop of color too. So I painted it antique green:
I love it!!! I love that the color is unexpected. And I was really surprised at how well it went with the black, burgundy and purple that we already have. Oh and the all star game is on. Dan likes baseball…. In fact for our honeymoon this year we saw a St. Louis Cardinals game….. We did have really good seats though:
Oh and in other good news: GUESS WHAT DAN BOUGHT ME!!!! Only a professional series kitchen aid mixer. Yes it retails for $360 at Target brand new and yes we only paid $180 for it off craigslist and yes It works great!
I need to figure out a name for her. So leave your suggestions in the comments and come back on Thursday to wish Meagan a happy birthday and check out the cake I’m gonna make for her. It’s going to be epic. Yes, epic.
Happy Fourth of July!! Now what are you doing inside on a computer? Go outside, enjoy your family and eat something summery!!
(Picture taken by me a couple of years ago. I got mad skills)
Well, living in a major city has its perks. I love living here in Kansas City. One cool thing is that you can bunches of guests who need rides the airport. Some might say that is a huge hassle, but I love it because that means people come see us and I get to love on people before they travel, so I become part of their travel experience. I love to have people in my home and I love to make people feel at home in my home. I bring this up because my younger sister and her hubby just left for South East Asia about a week and a half ago. To make them feel super loved before they left we threw a party. Quite a few of our friends from my undergraduate days now live in KC, so we all got together and made it feel like the old days but in a great new way. Since our apartment is tiny and there was 10 of us total, I thought it would be best to have a BBQ and eat outside. It was great. I didn’t get any pictures because I was too busy enjoying myself. We took the dinning room table outside, grilled and sat around the fire pit and made smores. It was awesome. I was worried about having the food outside because of all the bugs that would be popping out right at sunset. Trust me you don’t need to be covered in mosquito bites before you go to a place as hot as they did. So what I did was whip up some homemade citronella candles. I used this tutorial over at Positively Splendid. (Have you seen her stuff? It’s awesome, I’m a special fan of those coke flower napkin rings. I have to make some!)
Here are all my supplies. I made them in those cute little terra-cotta pots. How cute for an outside party huh? Well, you know the hole in the bottom of the pots? No problem. Just get the wicks with the little metal thing that suppose to stick to the bottom of the pot and super glue around the hole. Make sure you get a good seal though or it will leak. Trust me, the first one did. What I did to the second two is seal around the metal thingy and then flip the pot over and seal around the outside of the hole on the metal part there too. I also filled the pots up about an inch and let that solidify before I filled them full. This helped with the seal so I didn’t have any leaking on the last two. In the Tutorial she says you can tint your candles by chopping up some crayons. So I used these old slick ones that were glittery and metallic. I thought it would make the wax all glittery and look cool.
Don’t use these. The glitter/metallic part rises to the top and just looks weird. Here they are cooling off.
They worked great! I had all three sitting on the food table and we had no problem with bugs. On the opposite side of the porch a few people were starting to see bugs so I moved one over to that side and I don’t think anybody had any bites on them. I know I didn’t and that is unheard of for me! I wish I had pictures at the party, but it’s a good thing I was having too much fun. That’s what parties are for!
She also has a recipe for a bug replant spray on her blog too, so with all that extra citronella you have sitting around, you can whip up some of that. So go make yourself some candles!!